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Volunteering at the Ames Public Library

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Every year, over 400 volunteers help support the Ames community by helping with various aspects of library services. We strive to match eager volunteers with rewarding positions to enhance the services and programming that Ames Public Library offers. APL Volunteer Services also works with court-ordered Community Services participants as well as library customers who would like like to address their fines by participating in our Fine Alternative Program.

Who can Volunteer?

Participants in Volunteer Services programming must be 11 years of age or older. Some exceptions may be made for groups of children completing service learning projects through school or other organizations.  Additionally, because family volunteering is encouraged at APL, younger children are welcome to volunteer with their parents or grandparents.

How to Sign Up

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, including the summer youth volunteer program, community service, and fine alternative programs, or would like more information, contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at or (515) 239-5663.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ames Public Library has a variety of volunteer positions available for adults, teenagers, and families who are interested in making a positive impact on the Ames community and its quality of life. Here is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available. If you have a particular interest or skill area not listed here, please talk to the Volunteer Services Coordinator about other opportunities.


Help our custodial staff keep up with the care of our beautiful new building. Shifts are very flexible. Activities could include cleaning glass, dusting shelves, or emptying trash.


Our media items are some of the most highly circulating library materials and because of that, we need some help keeping them in good shape.  Volunteers will assist Resource Services staff with inventory and checking discs for damage.  Schedules are flexible but need to be limited to afternoon hours.


Come join a wonderful team of volunteers who help our used book store, Literary Grounds, be the success that it is! Funds raised through the book store help to support library programming, materials, and services. This fun position requires at least one two hour shift per week; shifts needing to be filled currently are Mondays 3:00-5:00, Wednesdays 1:00-3:00, Thursdays 1:00-3:00 and 3:00-5:00, Fridays 11:00-1:00 and 1:00-3:00, Saturdays 9:00-1:00 and 2:00-4:00. Duties include simple cashiering, light cleaning, coffee preparation, and closing procedures. Applicants for this position must have good customer service skills, accurate money counting skills, and can commit long term. 


A volunteer is needed to help distribute program fliers throughout the Main Street area and, if possible, beyond.  The commitment for this position is once or twice per month.  Transportation will be needed to reach locations outside of the downtown area. 


If you are a student involved in a Service Learning Project for school, church, Scouts or other organizations, APL would be pleased to have you complete your service here!  Service Learning participants will assist Library staff in basic shelving, inventory, or special events such as our large book sales.  You will be required to complete a short application and brief orientation with the Volunteer Services Coordinator before being scheduled for your required hours. If you are under 18 years of age, a parent must approve your participation.  Allow plenty of time before your deadline in order to be able to fit into our existing volunteer schedule. 


If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, Sarah Bohlke at or 239-5663.


There are other areas of volunteer needs not listed here including special projects and events, so please ask about opportunities that may be of more interest to you. 

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For more information, call (515) 239-5663 or e-mail